New today: Bernie Sanders and the liberal taste for messianic candidates, filling out paperwork for Syrian refugees, Advent songs

October 25, 2015

Daily lectionary readings: Psalm 119:17-24; Exodus 4:1-171 Peter 2:1-10

Saints, commemorations, and other witnesses from the cloud: Philipp Nicolai, Johann Heermann, and Paul Gerhardt (Lutheran calendar); Alfred the Great (Episcopal calendar); CeddPhilip Doddridge; Elizabeth Cady StantonWilliam Temple; Edwin Sidney Savage; Nikos Kazantzakis; Gabriel of Komana

New today from the Century

Liberal messiah, by Benjamin J. Dueholm. The state of U.S. politics makes it tempting to throw energy behind a messianic bid for the presidency. It also makes this a dubious strategy.

Paperwork, by Ryan Dueck. I spent an hour and a half with a young Syrian woman in our city who is trying to get her family out of Lebanon. We pored over official-looking documents with strange names like “IM0008” on laptop screens.

A brief review of Why This Jubilee? by James C. Howell. For each week of Advent, Howell provides meditations on the texts of Advent hymns and Christmas carols, including some secular songs, to ponder the meaning of the incarnation.

Road trip,” a poem by Marjorie Maddox


In the news

Violence tears apart Jerusalem's Jewish and Arab neighbors

5 points on contentious Vatican summit on family

Study of psychedelics use by clergy participants aims to induce mystical experiences


In the CCblogs network 

Why your pastor should be a vampire, by David Williams

The last daisy, by Beth A. Richardson

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